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Egg Salad

5 from 55 votes

posted: 04/08/23

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Egg Salad is such a comfort food classic. This recipe is simple, but full of the delicious flavor that you love, making the perfect egg salad sandwich.

an egg salad sandwich that has been cut in half and stacked

Sometimes we are looking for an easy dinner that we can make at the very last minute. Honestly, we are always looking for that. This Egg Salad recipe is the perfect recipe to keep in your back pocket for the days when you have no idea what to feed your family.

This recipe has the perfect balance of egg and creaminess, and the most simple yet delicious flavors. While we like to keep it on hand for a dinner that is on the table in under 30 minutes, it is a great recipe for a party. If you are hosting a baby shower or summer picnic, this recipe is easily doubled or tripled to add another great salad to your table.

Reader Review

This is the best egg salad! I’ve made this recipe 4 times in the last two weeks! Try it on slightly toasted sourdough . . . a bit of fresh greens and mayo. Unbelievable!!

overhead picture of hard boiled eggs that are cut in half

How to Make Egg Salad

This is just a brief overview of how to make this delicious sandwich recipe. For the full recipe with all of the measurements see the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  1. Hard boil the eggs. I have instructions to do that on the stovetop listed here, but you can also making hard boiled eggs in the instant pot.
  2. Separate the eggs. Take the yolks out of the whites and put them in a bowl.
  3. Mix the yolks. Mix the egg yolks, mayonnaise, and seasonings. Taste to adjust the seasonings.
  4. Stir everything together. Add in the chopped remaining egg whites and the celery.
overhead photo of a bowl of egg yolks and mayonnaise

How to Hard Boil Eggs

Hard Boiled Eggs are made simply on the stove top. You can check out my How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs post for lots of tips and tricks. But my very favorite way to make them is in the Instant Pot. You can see the link for that below.

  1. Add eggs in a single layer to a saucepan.
  2. Cover with water.
  3. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat off, and cover for 12 minutes.
  4. Transfer to a bowl filled with ice for five minutes.

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Making hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot is my favorite way to make them. They are so hands off and the shell slips right off.
overhead picture of a bowl of the ingredients for egg salad

The Best Egg to Mayonnaise Ratio

This recipe has the best ratio of eggs to mayonnaise. While it is nice and creamy, it still is hearty and full of eggs. We are using 8 large eggs to 3/4 cup of mayonnaise. We found that 1/2 a cup made for an egg salad that was too dry, while 1 cup was way too much. This is the perfect balance.

Add Some Pickle

For an extra boost of flavor to this great recipe, cut up a dill pickle or two, and then add a few teaspoons of the dill pickle juice to the mixture. I love the crunch that the pickle adds and the great taste of the dill pickle juice.

What to Add to an Egg Salad Sandwich

If you are my husband, you just put egg salad on bread, and you are a happy camper. If you want some other ideas, here are some of the things I like on mine.


How long does egg salad last?

When stored in an air tight container in the refrigerator, this egg salad will last for 3 to 5 days. Please always use your best judgment and if leftovers smell off, toss them.

How many does egg salad serve?

This recipe makes 1 1/2 cups. You can make a nice egg salad sandwich with 1/3 cup, meaning you can make 4 sandwiches out of this recipe.

What to serve egg salad on?

We love our egg salad sandwiches on thick country bread, as seen here, but you could also serve it on buns. If you are eating low carb, you could eat these out of lettuce cups, like pictured in my Seafood Salad.

side picture of a bowl of egg salad recipe

What to Serve with Egg Salad Sandwiches

This recipe is perfect for a picnic or backyard BBQ, but it also makes a really great and easy weeknight dinner! We love egg salad sandwiches with watermelon on the side.

Some other great side dish options that scream summer picnic are:

If you make this recipe or any of my other recipes, leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

an egg salad sandwich that has been cut in half and stacked
5 from 55 votes

Egg Salad

Serves: 4 sandwiches
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Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 17 minutes
Total: 22 minutes
Egg Salad is such a comfort food classic. This recipe is simple, but full of the delicious flavor that you love, making the perfect egg salad sandwich.


  • 8 hard boiled eggs
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise (I used light, but full fat will work)
  • 1 celery stalk diced small
  • 1 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika


  • To hard boil eggs: Place eggs in a single layer in a sauce pan. Add enough water to cover them compltely. Bring to a roaring boil. Turn off heat, and cover pan. Let sit for 12 minutes. Transfer to a bowl filled with ice water for 5 minutes.
  • Peel the eggs and seperate out the yolks. Chop the egg whites.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, mayonnaise, celery, dill, dijon mustard, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, black pepper and paprika until creamy. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.
  • Stir the chopped egg whites into the mixture. Serve on buns with lettuce and sliced tomatoes and enjoy!


Nutritional information is based on using light mayonnaise.
Serving: 0.3cup Calories: 267kcal (13%) Carbohydrates: 5g (2%) Protein: 13g (26%) Fat: 21g (32%) Saturated Fat: 5g (31%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g Monounsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 424mg (141%) Sodium: 491mg (21%) Potassium: 167mg (5%) Sugar: 1g (1%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
an egg salad sandwich that has been cut in half and stacked

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  1. Sue says

    5 stars
    I love this egg salad and have made it several times now. It even got a thumbs up from the hubs. I wouldn’t change a thing. It’s so flavorful and simple to make.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you both like it!

  2. Danielle Bennett says

    I made the egg salad yesterday and my husband loved it. I did add some sweet pickles to it. Thanks for the recipe

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’ms o glad you liked it!

  3. Rose Clews says

    Sometimes I cute up some olives to put in the egg salad. Love that too!

  4. Brenda says

    5 stars
    Love egg salad but never had a recipe that I truly enjoyed, this is it for me, delicious! Thanks for sharing.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad that you liked it!

  5. Sandy Beach says

    I’m a caregiver, clients aged 96/93 & 94.
    Just made your egg salad recipe for first two. She declares it as good as her mom used to make, he suggested they ask their morning shift carer to make it fit lunch tomorrow again. Top marks there!
    Will make this for 94 with a touch of cayenne added.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so happy that they liked it! Such a high compliment!

  6. Izzy braudrick says

    5 stars
    It was my first time making egg salad and i am so glad i found this recipe! The only thing i changed was i used 1/4 teaspoon of salt and it was the perfect amount. I brought it to work for a party and everyone loved it!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad that it was a hit, Izzy!

  7. Alex says

    5 stars
    Delicious! I’ve made this recipe 3 times now!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad to hear that you enjoy it!

  8. Carol says

    Love egg salad but like even more when made with cream cheese and not mayo

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